When I was a child I built forts. I built forts with curtains and couch pillows, with driftwood, within the branches of my favorite climbing trees. I tunneled into deep snow and nested under bushes. Sometimes the forts were only sketches: this stump is the table; that red cedar the wall; the front door is here, between two stones; those bits of sea glass, smooth beach rocks veined with pink and green, feathers, and drying seed pods lined up along the log are my treasures. Other times the forts were solid, like the one I built in the woods behind my mormor’s house with cedar branches, sheets of moss, and the upended roots of a toppled fir. A few years ago I went walking through those woods and found the lean-to’s remains. Its roof was collapsed and mossy, the stones marking its door unmoved.
Over the years of searching for a bakery space I’ve found many nonstarters—spaces too small, too inaccessible, too contaminated, too expensive—and a few possibilities. For each possibility I sketch out floor plans. As a child I walked and climbed and crawled through my creations. Now I trace my way across the screen from sink to mixer, mixer to table, table to rack, rack to oven. Drawing a floor plan, it turns out, feels a lot like building a fort: you make an abstract representation of a space, whether from rocks and branches or lines on a page, and fill in the details with your imagination.
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